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11/21 Could Cubs be match with Montero?

Could Miguel Montero be the upgrade at catcher the Cubs are looking for? According to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro, the Cubs are one of three teams who have spoken to the Diamondbacks about the left-handed hitting catcher (joining the White Sox and Dodgers). The Cubs missed in their attempt to sign free agent Russell Martin, who agreed to a five-year deal with the Blue Jays this week. Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart has said he’s not shopping any of their players, including Montero, but did say he’s had inquiries about several players. Montero was rumored to be available because of his contract — he’s owed $40 million over the next three years. Montero, 31, batted .243 this season with 13 home runs and 72 RBIs. He’s led the Majors in innings caught since 2011. In his second full season as the Cubs regular catcher, Welington Castillo batted .237 this past season with 13 home runs and 46 RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

11/4 The Cubs and Russell Martin

One day after signing free agent manager Joe Maddon, the Cubs are checking the list of free agent players and are reportedly looking at Russell Martin. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman said the Cubs are going to target Martin, considered the top catcher available this offseason. Sources also told Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Patrick Mooney that the Cubs have Martin on their radar.

The Pirates extended the $15.3 million qualifying offer to Martin, but he was expected to turn that down. The Pirates want to bring Martin back, and are one of several teams interested in the catcher. The list also is believed to include the Blue Jays and Red Sox. Martin will most likely be looking for a five-year deal, especially after catchers Brian McCann, Yadier Molina and Miguel Montero each signed contracts of that length. McCann received $85 million, Molina $75 million and Montero $60 million.

Other players who received the one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer on Monday include Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez, Melky Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Nelson Cruz, Francisco Liriano, Michael Cuddyer and Ervin Santana. The players have until Nov. 10 to make a decision.

The Cubs would not have to give up a first-round Draft pick to sign Martin because of the team’s finish in the bottom 10 among Major League teams but instead it would cost a second-round pick. They also would have the amount slotted for that pick subtracted from the total amount of their Draft signing bonus pool, which governs how much a team can spend to sign picks in the top 10 rounds.

Martin’s slash line last season with the Pirates was .290/.402/.430, and he hit 11 home runs and drove in 67. He did miss time early in the season because of a left hamstring injury.

The Cubs had hoped Welington Castillo could pick up where he left off in the second half of 2013 when he hit .288 but instead batted .237 in 110 games. Castillo did set career-highs in home runs (13) and RBIs (46), but also was sidelined with a rib cage injury.

– Carrie Muskat

9/23 Cubs 4, Cardinals 3, 10 innings

Welington Castillo hit a two-run homer in the second inning and a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the 10th to lift the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals Tuesday night.

With the game tied at 3 and one out in the 10th, Anthony Rizzo doubled off Pat Neshek, lining the ball to the right-center gap. The ball bounced into the ivy. Rizzo moved up on Jorge Soler’s groundout and Luis Valbuena was intentionally walked to set up Castillo, who line the ball into right for the game-winner.

Castillo hit his 13th home run of the season in the second, and rookie Matt Szczur made it 3-0 with a leadoff home run in the fifth, his second big league blast and first at Wrigley Field.

Hendricks did not get a decision, and will make one more start Sunday at Miller Park against the Brewers. He posted a 1.99 ERA in seven starts at Wrigley Field this season.

The Cubs are 40-40 at Wrigley Field with one home game remaining on Wednesday.

– Carrie Muskat

9/5 Castillo update

Cubs catcher Welington Castillo was scratched from Friday’s lineup because of low back tightness but he expected to return to action on Saturday. Castillo said he’s been bothered by soreness in his back for a couple weeks, and felt his back tighten in batting practice. He expected to return on Saturday.

– Carrie Muskat

6/26 Handle with care

Welington Castillo was back in the Cubs’ lineup Thursday after getting a one day breather. Castillo was activated from the disabled list on Sunday, and the Cubs don’t want the catcher to overdo it. Castillo arrived Sunday at Wrigley Field from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa, where he played back to back games.

“For him, it’s a little like Spring Training again,” manager Rick Renteria said. “We have to make sure we use him wisely.”

John Baker, who has been matched up with Jason Hammel, caught Edwin Jackson on Wednesday. Castillo was behind the plate Monday and Tuesday this week.

– Carrie Muskat

6/22 Cubs lineup and roster move

Jason Hammel closes the Cubs’ series Sunday against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Sweeney CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Schierholtz RF
Baker C
Barney 2B
Hammel P

Roster move: Welington Castillo had two singles and also drew two walks on Saturday in his second Minor League rehab game, and was activated from the disabled list on Sunday. Catcher Eli Whiteside was designated for assignment.

6/19 Castillo 1-for-5 on Friday – UPDATED

Welington Castillo went 1-for-5, grounding out in four at-bats and hitting a single in the sixth, in his first Minor League rehab game on Friday with Triple-A Iowa. He had been scheduled to start Thursday but was a late scratch as a precautionary measure because of wet grounds. Castillo has been battling a left rib cage strain. Iowa manager Marty Pevey said he didn’t want Castillo to risk injury with the wet grounds behind home plate. Castillo did take batting practice and caught in the bullpen. He batted second and started behind the plate Friday.

6/3 Castillo on DL

Welington Castillo said he felt something “pop” during his first at-bat Sunday. The pain didn’t go away, and on Tuesday, the Cubs placed their regular catcher on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left rib cage. Chicago selected the contract of catcher Eli Whiteside from Triple-A Iowa, and he joined the team Tuesday.

Castillo came out of Sunday’s game in Milwaukee after four innings because of soreness in his side. The Cubs had hoped that a day off on Monday would help, but he still had pain and underwent an MRI.

“I took a swing, my first swing, and I just felt something pop,” Castillo said Tuesday. “I tried to keep playing but it was getting worse and worse.”

Castillo was batting .242 in 43 games with five home runs and 21 RBIs. Whiteside was a non-roster invitee this spring, and batting .171 in 33 games at Iowa. John Baker has been matched up with Jason Hammel, and will likely get the most work behind the plate.

“We’ll continue to match up,” manager Rick Renteria said. “We’ll see as we move forward how it works out. ‘Bake’ has done some steady catching before and I think he’s done a nice job doing the duty he has with Hammel and caught [Edwin] Jackson. We’ll mix and match and see what we can do moving forward.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/3 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open a three-game series against the Mets Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Jake Arrieta makes the start. Welington Castillo is not in the starting lineup. He came out of Sunday’s game with some soreness in his back. I’ll get more info after we talk to manager Rick Renteria. Also, expect a roster move to make room for Hector Rondon, back from paternity leave.

Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Lake CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Schierholtz RF
Coghlan LF
Baker C
Arrieta P

4/18 Reds 4, Cubs 1

Jeff Samardzija posted his fourth quality start on Friday but it wasn’t enough as the Reds beat the Cubs, 4-1, in front of 28,699 at Wrigley Field. Samardzija is winless in his last 10 starts. The Cubs have scored a total of four runs in his four starts this year.

“You keep going out there and doing your work,” Samardzija said. “Today was a tough day to hit with that wind. You just go out and keep doing your work and understand everybody is doing their job. You can’t let it get to you, for sure.”

* Manager Rick Renteria met with the players after the game, although he would not confirm the meeting.

“He said a lot of good things,” Welington Castillo said of the Cubs manager. “He’s a positive guy.”

Renteria said he’s not focused on the statistics, but what he sees on the field.

“I concern myself more with the way we approach the game,” Renteria said. “If our approach is good and we’re really focused on what we’re supposed to be doing both at the plate and in the field, I’m good with it. Today, I think we were a little sloppy in general, and Jeff really kept us in the ballgame throughout.”

* On the plus side, the Cubs did snap a 24-scoreless inning stretch with Luis Valbuena’s RBI single in the seventh.

* Anthony Rizzo had two hits, and was 13-for-26 at home this season. He also combined with Samardzija on three straight plays in the seventh inning.

“Let them roll it over and let me get to first,” Samardzija said. “I think we’ve seen enough out of Riz at first to know he’s a premium first baseman defensively. I always need to be on my toes when the ball heads that way because he plays deep and plays in the hole. We’re kind of on the same page. I’d rather have him cover a lot of ground. We’ve made that play a lot of times. It’s nice to have that over there, it’s a nice commodity to have a first baseman who can pick it like Riz.”

* Playing the NL Central is a good test for the Cubs.

“They’re a good team,” Samardzija said of the Reds. “We’re not playing a fifth-place team. They’re a complete team. They can hit, they can play defense, they can pitch. When they’re guys are healthy in the bullpen, they can close games out. When you play the Reds, Cardinals and Pirates and the Brewers now, you’ve got to bring your ‘A’ game and play clean defense and put some runs on the board and pitch well if you want to win games. I think it’s a good learning curve for us to understand to win games in the big leagues we need all three facets of the game to be clean. You play the good teams and they take advantage of your mistakes, and you can’t give them any breathing room.”

* The Reds stole five bases against the Cubs. It’s the first time a team has done that against Chicago since Atlanta did so on Aug. 14, 2011.

– Carrie Muskat

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